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Hello :)

After a couple of months of research I've decided that I would love to get 2 guinea pigs.

As I have never had a guinea pig before would I be better adopting or buying?

Obviously I would rather adopt but would I be able to adopt as I've had no experience looking after pigs and I'm not in every minute of the day to look after them?
 

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Adopt! :yahoo:

You don't need experience to adopt, I didn't have proper experience before I adopted my first two. Just needed the correct sized cage & run and I got all my information from all these amazing people on the forum! :D

I also work so I'm not around 24/7 but in reality no one can be there all hours of the day. As long as they're loved, have constant hay and the correct diet with plenty of cuddles and a nice clean cage then you're a perfect piggy slave :)

I always recommend adopting over shop bought piggies, they'll be healthier and happier :)
 

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Welcome to the forum. Always adopt if you can. As a first time piggy slave you'll get lots of support from a good rescue. There's a list of good rescues above, see rescue locator on the top bar. Well done for doing your research beforw you get piggys.
 

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As long as you get two they will happily keep each other company while you are out/at work etc.
 

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I have 9, and I'm out of the house from 7.30am to 6.30pm, they get lots of love and are very well cared for. You need time, energy, space and the financials to look after them. Don't underestimate the amount of money either - keep a pot of money aside for vet bills because you never know.
 

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Another vote for adopt. Most pigs at rescue centres don't have special needs, they are just there because of a change in family circumstances or somesuch, so they wouldn't require more experience than a bought pig. Less if anything, because they'll already be adults and there won't be any issues with pet shops getting the sexes wrong or anything like that. My last six pigs have been adopted and all settled in easily. The only ones who've needed anything special are my girls, who need their nails cutting more often than usual because their nails got really long and twisted their toes in their first home, but that's not hard. I expect it will be a lot easier to find pigs suitable for a first time owner at a rescue than ones who aren't.

If you do decide to buy then as with other animals, it's probably best to get them direct from where they came from rather than a pet shop so you know you aren't supporting someone irresponsible. But if you want to adopt, absolutely adopt!
 

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I adopted my two boys with no experience of previous piggies,I made sure to do lots of research tho and they are doing well.

Guinea pigs don't need u to be there the whole day infact they like a few hours a day being able to sleep and relax. just make sure u are able to give them proper care i.e. A cage food and lots toys and inducement. interact with them moring and night whenever u are home.

When u adopt a guinea pig u can pick a piggie with a friendly personality, where as if u buy as a baby u don't really know what u are going to end up with.

But definitely adopt when ever possible :)
 

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Hi there! I think I can offer a unique perspective as someone who formerly managed the Pet Care (small animal) department of Petsmart.

The guinea pigs that are sold at pet stores come from massive breeders (think puppy mills for rodents) where the female pigs used for breeding usually die from the lack of special care when they birth a litter, which is very dangerous. The baby guinea pigs arrive at the store in a small cardboard box. I frequently received shipments where 7 or 8 baby pigs were crammed into one small box, covered in feces and in horrible condition. More than half of them had ringworm or URI's, and a lot died. They were in those boxes on a hot truck for a 4-day transit. The company treats them as products, not living beings, and they are given the bare minimum care to keep them alive.

The sick guinea pigs go to Petsmart's own vets, and in my experience, those veterinarians either have no knowledge of guinea pig health or they truly do not care. They prescribe the same toxic steroid for every ailment, and send the poor creatures back into the care of well-meaning but uneducated teenagers. Many of them die of illnesses that are curable. The "healthy" pigs are almost always sold to people who have absolutely no idea what they're doing, and if their new pet dies within two weeks, the company replaces it with a new one who is likely condemned to the same fate. The cages sold at Petsmart are, at biggest, less than half of the bare minimum size recommended by the Humane Society for a single guinea pig.

In my short time as that department's manager, I refused sales to 6 people who I just couldn't bear to send a living thing home with. In spite of the good resumé experience and pay, I quit that job within two months because of the heinous mistreatment of ALL of the animals the store sold.

In short, I cannot tell you enough how truly wicked the large scale, for-profit breeding of living animals as an industry is. From what I saw at Petsmart, I can only imagine what the breeding facilities are like.

If you adopt guinea pigs, the rescue will help you make sure you have all the materials and knowledge to be a successful pig parent! I can't say enough about how wonderful my experience with my local guinea pig rescue was. They helped me set my babies up to have a wonderful life, and taught me more about guinea pig care than I ever learned working at Petsmart. To spend money buying animals from the pet store is to spend money helping an evil industry exploit more piggies, but to adopt a guinea pig is to save two lives: the life of your new piggie, and the life of the piggie that the rescue now has room for. ❤ Hope this helps
 
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@NatalieGee thank you so much for sharing your experience. I imagined something like that and I am sure the same happens in many places, even here in Italy. There are horrible stories also regarding the animals we use as food... illegal steroids, illegal breeders.
Anyway, the piggies we find into rescues come from shops and common breeders; all the piggies are cross, there is almost no "pure" breeds and serious breeders don't risk the death of a beautiful and perfect female...
In Switzerland where strict laws exist and shops are checked there are no rescues.
The business of pets is huge...
I think that buying FOOD from a petstore which sells pets helps the evil industry you mention. in Rome I see a lot of famous and big petstores hanging posters outside which say "here we don't sell pets". I think they have good financial reasons...
Thank you again!
 
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hi Vari! welcome here!:wel:
I also adopted two sows because I wanted to be sure of two piggies with a vet certificate and got used to the correct diet. The piggie I bought at the shop long ago was healthy, but stubborn and learnt to eat only pellets and carrots at the shop, something wrong.
These two sows are healthy, certified, checked before coming home by the vet.
Of course if you will decide to buy a piggie nobody will judge you badly and you will always be more than welcome here!
 

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I recommend talking to rescues before you buy any cages etc so that there will be no problem meeting their rehoming criteria. We like people who are new to piggies as you don't have any fixed ideas and are receptive to advice
 

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I have adopted all three of my pigs and I have never regretted doing so. I'm so happy that I could impact little tiny lives and give them such a better life.
 

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I wasn't able to find anywhere to adopt in my area, so I bought my little woman off Gumtree. Although she came from a crappy home, so in a way it feels like she's adopted as I know she'll be better her. Her cagemate (when she's feeling better ) will probably also be bought too as I've checked my local animal foundations but no one seems to have piggies that need rescuing!
 

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Hello :)

After a couple of months of research I've decided that I would love to get 2 guinea pigs.

As I have never had a guinea pig before would I be better adopting or buying?

Obviously I would rather adopt but would I be able to adopt as I've had no experience looking after pigs and I'm not in every minute of the day to look after them?
If you have a rescue centre near you then Please go there!
We're unlucky in Scotland that there's very few rescue piggies available. As you've no experience as yet, the rescue centre will guide to the right piggies for you plus be available to help you after. Always lots of help here too.
 
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